29th November 2019 - Upper Limb Disorders in the Workplace - Risk Assessment and Management


Course Aims / Summary

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occpational Health & Ergonomics (ACPOHE) is a speical interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. ACPOHE has been running courses for physiotherapists who have a specialist interest int he fields of occupational health and ergonomics for many years.  This one day Upper Limd Disorders in the Workplace course is designed for occupational health physiotherapists who have an understanding of workplace ergonomics and wish to expand their knowledge int he area of work related upper limb problems.  This course contributes towards ACPOHE Registered Membership requirements.

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with: 

  • An understanding of UK Health & Safety legislation, relevant to upper limb disorders (ULDs)
  • An understanding of HSE and other relevant guidance
  • An understanding of the risk factors associated with work related upper limb disorders (WRULDs)
  • Knowledge of how to conduct a workplace ergonomics assessment for an employee with a ULD, using appropriate tool (s): and knowledge of hos to design an action plan which aims to reduce risk and promote health

Course Objectives

On completion of this module delegates should be able to:

  1. Describe the extent of WRULDs within the UK and internationally 
  2. Decribe work-related and personal risk factors for ULDs
  3. Identify and competently assess these risk factors for a workplace setting
  4. Describe ergonomics principles to manage and reduce the risk of WRULDs, considering priorities for action and means of communication to management and individuals
  5. Discuss the importance of psychosocial factors in the management of WRULDs (yellow, blue, black flags)
  6. Be confident in addressing WRULDs within their scope of practice

PLEASE NOTE: This course focuses on the occupational and ergonomics aspect of ULDs.  It DOES NOT include DSE workstation assessment, nor the appropriate physiotherapy treatment for those with ULDs.  Separate ACPOHE DSE courses are available covering workstation assessments.

Pre Course

Delegates should  have a basic understanding of occupational health and applied ergonomics.  You should have completed the following ACPOHE courses: Introduction to Occupationsl Health or have experience of working at a similar level.

Pre couse preparation os required:  Delegates are expected to be familiar with the HSE's 2002 publication: Upper Limb Disorders in the Workplace (HSG60) prior to the course.  This is available online from  http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg60.htm

This course is open to Chartered Physiotherapists.


Katherine Roberts is a Chartered Physiotherapist and ACPOHE Registered Member who has been working in the field of occupational health and ergonomics for 18 years.  She gained an MSc in Health Ergonomics from the University of Surrey in 2002.  Kathy currently has her own consultancy business in the field of Occupational Health and Ergonomics and is the Education Officer for ACPOHE.

COST : 1 day coruse ACPOHE members £150, Non Members £210 - Lunch is not included, please see below.


Site Address: Mondelez International (Cadbury), Occupatoanl  Health Department, Linden 2, Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham B30 2LU

There is a visitors car park which can be used: Maryvale Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 2LU.  If this is full you can also park on Maryvale Road.

From the visitors car park please walk down the hill (Frankllin Way) and onto Bournville Lane.  Cross over Bournville Lane, turn left and Bournville Place is on the right. Here you will sign in and be taken up to the Occupational Health Department.  Please ask for Caroline Brassington.

When everyone arrives at BVP you will just need to sign on adn be issued with a temporary day pass.

Participants will need to bring lunch, however tea and coffee with be provided.

DATE: Friday 29th November 2019

TIME: 09.00 until 17.00 (registration from 08.30)

CONFIRMATION DATE: 1st November 2019

This is a one day course.  Please note that the course is not guaranteed to run unless it has been confirmed by  the confirmation date so please consider this if making any transport/accomdation arrangements in advance.